UK news

The 1929 Beach Boys - surfing from the East End

By Jessica Elgot, December 8, 2011

The East End is a long way from Bondi Beach, but it was Australian beach boys who 80 years ago inspired the UK's first surfers - four London Jewish boys.


What the Independent's Simon Kelner did next: fair reporting

By Simon Round, December 8, 2011

Former Independent editor Simon Kelner this week spoke of his new project to provide journalistic training to those involved in the Arab Spring – and took the opportunity to defend his own newspaper's Middle East coverage.

The Journalism Foundation, a charitable organisation backed by the Lebedev family, which owns the Independent and the Evening Standard, will be led by Mr Kelner, who steppe


'Dual loyalty' row MP is forced to say sorry

By Martin Bright, December 8, 2011

The Labour MP who questioned the loyalty of the UK's first Jewish ambassador to Israel has apologised for his remarks. At the same time, the Green Party issued an apology on behalf of its deputy leader in Wales for similar comments she made.


MP sorry for saying Jewish envoy 'disloyal' to UK

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2011

The Labour MP Paul Flynn has apologised for questioning the loyalty of the British ambassador to Israel because he is Jewish.

Mr Flynn said: "Clumsily expressed remarks of mine have caused anger and upset.


Tory MP Goldsmith in Auschwitz gaffe

By Jennifer Lipman, December 5, 2011

A Conservative MP has likened the tabloid media to a Nazi concentration camp.

Zac Goldsmith, who represents the Richmond Park constituency, made the remark in front of a parliamentary inquiry into privacy and injunctions standards.

Mr Goldsmith said that a business that could only stay afloat "by engaging in immoral or unethical behaviour" was no sustainable.


York students reject Hebrew University twinning

By Marcus Dysch, December 5, 2011

Students at York University have rejected the chance to link their union with Jerusalem's Hebrew University.

A referendum was initiated by politics student Jacob Campbell, who said he wanted to stand up for Israel and curb anti-Israel and antisemitic activity on British campuses.


Stacey Solomon: I'm getting married

By Jennifer Lipman, December 5, 2011

Stacey Solomon is set to tie the knot.

The reality television star, a former pupil of King Solomon High School, is to marry her boyfriend of three years, Aaron Barnham.

In October she announced that she was expecting a child with him. She already has a son, Zachary, three, from a prior relationship.


Holocaust archive moves to new home

By Jennifer Lipman, December 2, 2011

Historians and members of the public who want to find out more about the Nazi atrocities will be able to browse around two million documents at the new home of the world's oldest Holocaust archive.


MP defends 'disloyal' envoy to Israel claims

By Jennifer Lipman, December 2, 2011

The Labour MP at the centre of a storm over his suggestion that the British ambassador to Israel could be disloyal because he is Jewish has complained that he has been treated unfairly.

Paul Flynn, who represents the Newport West constituency, said that because Matthew Gould has "proclaimed himself to be a Zionist" he is not a suitable person for the role.


Election chaos as Sephardis choose new spiritual chief

By Simon Rocker, December 2, 2011

Leaders of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation are taking legal advice after a challenge to the result of last night's election of Rabbi David Bassous as their next spiritual head.

In a ballot of members yesterday, London-born Rabbi Bassous gained exactly the minimum two-thirds majority to secure the position, with 268 votes for him and 134 against.